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Fargo 1996

Filmed in the United States during the end of 1995, Fargo premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where Joel Coen won the festival's Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director Award) and the film was nominated for the Palme d'Or. The film was both a commercial and critical success, earning particular acclaim for the Coens' direction and script and the performances of McDormand, Macy, and Buscemi. Fargo received seven Oscar nominations at the 69th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Supporting Actor for Macy, winning two: Best Actress for McDormand and Best Original Screenplay for the Coens.

Fargo premiered at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival, where it was nominated for the competition's highest honor, the Palme d'Or. Joel Coen won the top directorial award, the Prix de la mise en scène. Subsequent notable screenings included the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea, the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in the Czech Republic, and the Naples Film Festival.[31] In 2006, the sixth annual Fargo Film Festival marked Fargo's tenth anniversary by projecting the movie on a gigantic screen mounted on the north side of Fargo's then tallest building, the Radisson Hotel.[32]

Released theatrically in the United States on March 8, 1996, Fargo launched in 36 theaters, and grossed $1,024,137 in its first week.[33] In the film's third week, Fargo was released in 412 theaters, and accumulated a total box office gross of $5,998,890.[34] Overall it grossed $24,281,860 in the United States and Canada.[35] Internationally, Fargo was released in Canada on April 5, 1996; in the United Kingdom on May 31, 1996 grossing $2.3 million; in Australia on June 6, 1996 grossing $1.5 million; in France on September 4, 1996 grossing $3.9 million; and in Germany on November 14, 1996 grossing $2.4 million.[36] Overall, the film's international gross was an estimated $36 million for a worldwide total of $60.6 million.[5]

Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert both ranked Fargo as the best film of 1996,[48] with Ebert later ranking it fourth on his list of the best films of the 1990s.[49] Fargo was added to the National Film Registry by the National Film Preservation Board on December 27, 2006.[7] In 2010, the Independent Film & Television Alliance selected the film as one of its "30 Most Significant Independent Films" of the last 30 years.[50] The Writers Guild of America ranked the film's screenplay the 32nd greatest ever.[51]

Fargo has been released in several formats: VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, Blu-ray, and iTunes download.[66] The first home video release of the film was on October 1, 1996, on a pan and scan cassette.[67] A collector's edition widescreen VHS was also released and included a snow globe that depicted the woodchipper scene which, when shaken, stirred up both snow and "blood".[68] PolyGram Filmed Entertainment released Fargo on DVD on July 8, 1997. In 1999, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, who acquired the rights to the film through their purchase of Polygram's pre-March 31, 1996, library, released the film on VHS as part of its "Contemporary Classics" series. A "Special Edition" DVD was released on September 30, 2003, by MGM Home Entertainment, which featured minor changes to the film, particularly with its subtitles. The opening titles stating "This is a true story" have been changed in this edition from the actual titles on the film print to digitally inserted titles. Also, the subtitle preceding Lundegaard's arrest "Outside of Bismarck, North Dakota" has been inserted digitally and moved from the bottom of the screen to the top. The special edition of Fargo was repackaged in several Coen brothers box sets and also as a double feature DVD with other MGM releases. A Blu-ray version was released on May 12, 2009, and later in a DVD combo pack in 2010. On April 1, 2014, in commemoration for the 90th anniversary of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the film was remastered in 4K and reissued again on Blu-ray. On May 3, 2017, Shou




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